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MIKEMIKE
post Aug 12 2008, 12:09 AM
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hi, i have a 1990 non turbo volvo with a b230f motor and was wondering what is out there as far as performance upgrades go
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post Aug 12 2008, 04:13 AM
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There are little boxes you wire into your air mass meter to make it run richer for abt $30- ea. (Grossly overpriced!) they work, but the overly rich motor tends to stall a lot stopping at lights and when you select a gear from neutral/park. It can be hard to start too.

I found that wiring one in, and connecting it's output and the normal air temp output at the ends of a potentiometer,and the input of the EMU to the wiper of the pot. made a fairly easy selectable modest power increase. The pot needs to be LINEAR, not log. It's cheap and you dial up the power you want as needed. Anything more serious and you're talking re-chipping, or major motor mods. For them, I'd seriously consider a full rebuild, as an old motor with a significant power upgrade spells troubles. I have a series of the pots, 50K Ohms each, from which I can select any one and preset it to a useful range to reduce wear and provide continuous operation if one fails by selecting another.
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post Aug 12 2008, 10:37 AM
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Just drop a Ford V8 into it. ;-)

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post Aug 12 2008, 01:38 PM
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I'd start with tires, wheels and suspension. Bigger tires and wheels will make a big difference. Then go with stiffer anti-sway bars and sport shock. Then stiffer, lower springs.

For the engine start with freeing up breathing by using a K&N air filter and a free flowing exhaust. Make sure that you engine is still tight. Check compression and valve lash.

The B230 doesn't make a load of power and tweeking it may be helpful. To really increase power though you will need to add a supercharger or turbo (or V8).
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post Aug 12 2008, 02:29 PM
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QUOTE(MIKEMIKE @ Aug 12 2008, 12:09 AM)
hi, i have a 1990 non turbo volvo with a b230f motor and was wondering what is out there as far as performance upgrades go
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For power,2" mandrel bent exhaust, High lift cam. adjustable timing gear for starters.
You can pick up a small gain cheaply with an electric fan...(only a gain when the fan's not running :) .) A set of headers will give you a few horses.
My current project, install a ported and polished 405 head (higher flowing). My next biggest gain would probably come from some custom intake tract work.

Handling, I'd start first with a decent set of tires on wider rims and a chassis brace after making sure all your steering components are A1. Suspension mods next, but beware that you don't end up with a ride that's only comfortable on smooth roads.

Check out My 1991 240 na on this site, you'll be able to see what to expect to pay for these upgrades. K Cam and gear you can get for approx $150.00. You can get bigger hp gains cheaper if you just add a turbo, but some of us prefer to remain n/a.
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post Aug 12 2008, 05:50 PM
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Hey, IceBrick nice car!

I like the electric fan installation. The shroud fits just right. With the modified head, header and cam do you have any emissions problems?

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post Aug 12 2008, 06:28 PM
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QUOTE(gwiz @ Aug 12 2008, 05:50 PM)
Hey, IceBrick nice car! 

I like the electric fan installation.  The shroud fits just right.  With the modified head, header and cam do you have any emissions problems?
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Thanks for the thumbs up. The fan and shroud are from a 940. I removed the fan from the shroud and cut the long side on my bench saw, riveted the end piece back together to fit...looks OEM.

I live in Northern Ontario, personal vehicles don't need to be e-tested up here, but I'm sure it would pass..also I think it may be exempt anyway because of it's age?

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thanx, yea i was planning on doing exhausts, a K&N filter and some suspension work and now after reading port and polishing the heads , but if i was to in stall a turbo around what should i be looking to pay abd how hard is it to install?
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post Aug 13 2008, 06:00 AM
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QUOTE(MIKEMIKE @ Aug 12 2008, 06:37 PM)
thanx, yea i was planning on doing exhausts, a K&N filter and some suspension work and now after reading port and polishing the heads , but if i was to in stall a turbo around what should i be looking to pay abd how hard is it to install?
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You can +t your car a lot cheaper than chasing na horsepower. A 2" exhaust and a stock turbo and intercooler will probably give you more gains than I have made for fewer dollars. I choose to remain na because I'm old and stubborn. :P
(and I like the 'drivability' you get with na)
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post Sep 29 2009, 09:47 AM
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Handling, I'd alpha aboriginal with a appropriate set of tires on added rims and a anatomy brace afterwards authoritative abiding all your council apparatus are A1. Suspension mods next, but beware that you don't end up with a ride that's alone adequate on bland roads.


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post Nov 23 2009, 11:13 AM
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I am the proud owner of a 1983 240DL Wagon and am expecting to make some basic performance mods. I have never had a volvo and I haven't ever worried about changing a car's performance until now. I have a good friend that has been doing it his whole life on porsche and audi. I am posting to get some simple explanations to basic questions;

1. What exact performance gain can I expect from going from a 14" to 15" wheel?
2. Is there a common / best sway bar / suspension config for this model?
3. same question as 2 but for headers?

would anybody say these should be my priority? I should have a K&N filter added within the week but these are the other items I expected to add very soon.

I do not expect to install a turbo because I do not feel comfortable with potential interference of reliability.
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post Nov 24 2009, 08:48 AM
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QUOTE (domandlids @ Nov 23 2009, 11:13 AM)
1. What exact performance gain can I expect from going from a 14" to 15" wheel?
2. Is there a common / best sway bar / suspension config for this model?
3. same question as 2 but for headers?


1. Going to a 15" tire ( 205/60/15 giving you the correct circumference) will give you better handling at a slight expense in ride quality.

2. IPD..probably best $ choice.

3. Headers on an na engine are probably not worth the performance increase as a first upgrade. Go with a cam and 2 exhaust first.
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post Dec 1 2009, 10:45 AM
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QUOTE (IceBrick @ Nov 24 2009, 08:48 AM)
1. Going to a 15" tire ( 205/60/15 giving you the correct circumference) will give you better handling at a slight expense in ride quality.

2. IPD..probably best $ choice.

3. Headers on an na engine are probably not worth the performance increase as a first upgrade. Go with a cam and 2 exhaust first.


Thank you very much for the help,

I am looking at the rigel wheel for my 1983 volvo wagaon... it's 15x6 and this is ok right?

Oh I am shopping for winter tires and tirerack keeps telling me for the 15" my options are 205/65-15... is that right or do I need to insist on the 205/60/15?
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post Dec 2 2009, 01:56 PM
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I am looking at the rigel wheel for my 1983 volvo wagaon... it's 15x6 and this is ok right?

Oh I am shopping for winter tires and tirerack keeps telling me for the 15" my options are 205/65-15... is that right or do I need to insist on the 205/60/15?


Sure, 6" rim is OK but you want to keep the overall circumference within 3% of your original tire to maintain speedo accuracy and gear ratios.

Tirerack may not carry a winter tire some sizes. Tire manufacturers make most tires in the more popular sizes. You will have to shop the brands to find what works. Tire rack is good, or 1010 Tires.

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post Jan 31 2010, 08:07 PM
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go for a set of ipd swaybars and go with some bilstein hd shocks, they make the ride a lot smoother (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif)
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QUOTE (85-volvo-245 @ Jan 31 2010, 09:07 PM)
go for a set of ipd swaybars and go with some bilstein hd shocks, they make the ride a lot smoother (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif)


ordered the sway bars and shocks!
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Did you get them from off eBay?



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